A French court has ruled that schools should provide an alternative to pork school lunches in the interest of Muslim and Jewish children who do not eat the meat.

The decision came after a rightwing local authority stopped providing a choice for children.

On Monday a Muslim organisation won its legal case against the authority at Chalon-sur-Saône in Burgundy. The court, sitting in Dijon, annulled the town hall's 2015 decision not to provide an alternative to pork in its school canteens.

Chalon-sur-Saône officials said they would appeal against the decision.

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